Tomato and White Bean Soup with Smoked Sundried Tomatoes

One of my daughter’s favorite soups to order out is creamy tomato soup. It’s one of my favorites too and after sharing with her the art of dunking grilled cheese (or paninis) into a bowl she asks for it all the time. I really don’t make tomato soup often enough, but a couple of weeks ago when Florida got hit with it’s 2-day winter freeze, this Tomato and White Bean Soup was exactly what we needed to warm us up. It definitely hit the spot.

Speaking of my daughter and her favorite things…my sweet girl turned 8 last Thursday and we have been celebrating her with some of her favorite things all weekend long. She’s growing up so fast and it’s just crazy to me that she was just ONE year old when I started this blog. She wasn’t even walking yet! 7 years later she is my little foodie in the making. She has the biggest heart, loves her brothers, and is just full of spunk…she’s a very funny girl and likes to crack us up – we sometimes refer to her as a mini Kristen Wiig.

Gina 8th Birthday

Her birthday dinner request? This manicotti (minus the butternut squash) she helped me make a few months ago and key lime pie. That’s my girl.

Honey Almond Flax Granola

Honey Almond Flax Granola || Aggie's Kitchen

(This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts.) I can not even tell you how often my kids ask me to make granola. They love the stuff, and I have to say, it makes me both happy and proud as a mom to see them picking on a bowl of granola as an afternoon snack. This

Smoky Sauteed Lentils for #MeatlessMonday

Smoky Sauteed Lentils | Aggie's Kitchen

It’s been just a month since I made a big change to my workout routine and joined a new gym that offered a great personal training program. Friends, I have never squatted so much in my entire life as I have in this last month. Squats, lunges, mountain climbers, burpees, ropes, kettle bells, sled pushing…these

Book Love: Tell The Wolves I'm Home, Reconstructing Amelia, The Invention of Wings

I’ve been reading some really great books lately, so much book love! Around the first of the year, one of my friends who is an avid reader started a Facebook group for a few of us who like to “Read Every Day”. As nerdy as this sounds, I am loving the interaction with others who

Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowls

Taco Turkey & Black Bean Rice Bowls || Aggie's Kitchen

One thing I’m quickly learning these days is that the more prep I do as far as meals go, the smoother dinnertime is during the week. For instance, when you find yourself with some time to spare over the weekend (or while you are in the kitchen already cooking up something else), go ahead and cook

Spinach Feta Orzo {in Valerie’s Kitchen}

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It’s no secret that I all about simple recipes lately. (You know, simple like Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto Melts and Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry simple).  Life is super busy for most of us and I think the biggest struggle we have is consistently keeping meals interesting and healthy but not overly complicated. That is

Buffalo Chicken Slaw Salad

Buffalo Chicken Slaw Salad || Aggie's Kitchen

Since Super Bowl Sunday I’ve been having major cravings for buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing. I am not a huge wing person (I don’t really care for chicken on the bone), but I love anything doused in hot wing sauce and dunked in blue cheese dressing. My love of buffalo sauce and blue cheese

Chili Maple Roasted Carrots

Chili Maple Roasted Carrots - healthy and easy side dish your family will love || Aggie's Kitchen

Roasted vegetables are definitely my go-to when it comes to side dishes at dinnertime. I just love how easy it is to toss some veggies with some seasoning, crank up the oven and let the magic happen without much involvement from my part. You know I am ALL about easy. I make these roasted carrots

Skinnytaste Slow Cooker Picadillo

Slow Cooker Picadillo from The Skinnytaste Cookbook

Well, my slow cooker officially bit the dust this week. My mother in law gave it to me about 12 years ago when I first got married, and since I didn’t grow up with a crock pot I had absolutely no idea what to do with it (I still have the Fix It and Forget

Strawberry, Grapefruit and Ginger Smoothie

Strawberry, Grapefruit and Ginger Smoothie {from Clean Slate}

The strawberries have arrived, the strawberries have arrived! You have no idea how happy it makes me to see Florida strawberries back in our grocery store. Our season starts in December (hard to believe I know) and I think it’s safe to say that strawberries are probably the most consumed fruit in my family. We

Salmon Spinach Bake from Sugar-Free Mom

Salmon Spinach Bake {sugar-free mom cookbook}

This week I am featuring recipes from each of the cookbooks I am giving away (read my reviews and enter my Healthy Cookbook Giveaway post here!). One of cookbook I am giving away was just recently published by a food blogger friend of mine Brenda, Sugar-Free Mom. Her book is filled with great family friendly